Thursday, August 16, 2012

FAQ: Team cars in time trials

I wanted to ask a question about team cars in time trials. Correct me if I’m wrong, but in road stages, a team has two cars on the road, that way if a rider gets into break, one can follow, while the other stays with the peloton. However in time trials, where the riders are going off at regular intervals, how do the teams follow each rider? I assume there are extra cars for the soigneurs to use so they can get to feed zones in road stages, but does each team really have nine cars for a grand tour? Also, how many mechanics are involved in a grand tour? Once again assuming there’s one in each car for the TT, it would be nine, but there never seem to be that many around when you see photos of team busses; there’s usually only two or three in shots.
— Jon

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